Camp for Grown-Ups: Playing in NYC

[gallery size="medium" ids="1948,1950,1949"] The kids are at sleepaway camp till the end of this week. And, oh, have I been living it up! What exciting things have I done while they're away that I can't do when they're at home? left the fridge open while scooping out...

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The Benefits of Used Books: Secrets in the Pages

Sometimes a used book is more than just a used book. On my last trip to New York, as you all know, I visited my favorite book store, The Strand. I searched for books about night clubs, New York, and Prohibition. I bought a ton of books, such as The Rise and Fall of...

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An Independence Story

An Independence Story

My son turns 13 next month, and I'm trying to give him more responsibility and independence. While we were still in NYC, my husband had to work and I took my daughter to Queens to visit one of her camp friends. I gave my son a few bucks and told him he was welcome to...

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The End of an Era and the Start of a New

The End of an Era and the Start of a New

I'm finished with elementary school! Yes, okay, technically I finished elementary school in 1979, but it's ended for me again as my daughter "graduated" 5th grade and will be moving on to middle school this fall. But this is quite significant for me, as for the past...

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The Joy of the Book Club

The Joy of the Book Club

In my wayward youth, I belonged to a few book clubs. They varied tremendously and served different purposes throughout the years. In New York, my book club read the classics, and I found it an easy, low-stress way to make up for the gaps in my education.* During the...

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MODERN GIRLS: Here, There, Everywhere

As of tomorrow, MODERN GIRLS has been out in the world for two weeks now, and I still don't know how to react to the compliments. This is what I say to people who gush over me and the book: "Aw, thank you! I really appreciate that. I'm so glad you read and enjoyed the...

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What Hath the UPS Man Wrought?

Yesterday afternoon, I saw that lovely brown truck pulling up to the house. Out came our delivery person, with two boxes in his hand. Could it be? I take them to the table. In three weeks, these beauties will grace bookstores. But for now, I'm simply relieved: This...

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Vacation Mode

I downloaded no fewer than ten books on my Kindle, brought one advanced galley that I was super excited to read (and it did not disappoint!), and I escaped just in time the the Arctic Blast that was hitting the Northeast. This is what we left: And this is what we came...

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